Wednesday, February 15, 2006

misread email or text message

Below is an article from digg on how people have a 1 in 2 change of misreading email or text messages

According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I've only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any email message. The study also shows that people think they've correctly interpreted the tone of emails they receive 90 percent of the time.

"That's how flame wars get started," says psychologist Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago, who conducted the research with Justin Kruger of New York University. "People in our study were convinced they've accurately understood the tone of an email message when in fact their odds are no better than chance," says Epley.

Those who sent the messages predicted that nearly 80 percent of the time their partners would correctly interpret the tone. In fact the recipients got it right just over 50 percent of the time.

My experience that misreading emails and text messages can also relate to blog postings. As some of my posts only people living in fiji may be able to understand. I write how I think so of course people with non similar experiences will find it harder to get my context. I suppose good writers would make sure they understand the context of the majority of their readers and write accordingly.

Actually I think probably some of my posts I would be the only person that understand s them due to the grammatical errors. I would also guess that less then 98% of Fiji's population wouldnt understand what I am taking about in the majority of my PTI posts.

The wired article on misreading email or text message


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